A thermodynamic model of friction

Barney E. Klamecki

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The interaction of two bodies is considered from a thermodynamic point of view. The bodies are assumed to interact in an open system in such a way that a non-equilibrium stationary state develops. It is shown that mechanical frictional interactions must be dissipative processes. In addition, a thermodynamic stability criterion is developed for small fluctuations about the non-equilibrium state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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